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Trucker helps woman, toddler escape domestic violence on Arizona highway

Posted at 12:03 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 16:43:50-04

A trucker is credited with saving a woman with a child who feared for her life during a domestic violence situation along SR-87.

According to police documents, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers responded to an aggravated assault call on Sept. 20 after 11 p.m.

A woman said she reportedly fled from a vehicle with her 3-year-old daughter after she was struck in the head by her child's father, 25-year-old Michael Andrew Brock.

Documents state the woman tried to leave the Tempe apartment she was at with Brock, but he restrained her and wouldn't let her leave. When he later agreed to go with her back to her father's house, along SR-87, Brock began to slap her and pointed a gun at her head.

The victim told police she was finally able to stop the vehicle and get out with her daughter, getting the attention of a semi-truck driver who was also on the road. The driver said, "he had never seen anyone so scared in his life."

The woman and child safely got into the truck, leaving behind all of her belongings.

The victim was later taken to the hospital for treatment for head trauma.

Officials made contact with Brock, who admitted that he "threatened to really hurt her...if she got out of the car" and "may have unintentionally told the victim he was going to kill her."

Brock was jailed on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, child abuse, harassment, and weapons misconduct.